Bush says Asians, not Hispanics, abuse birthright citizenship law

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has come under fire recently for using the term “Anchor Baby”, a phrase that describes children born in the United States to parents who entered the country illegally. It is widely considered offensive by Hispanics.

Bush, whose wife is from Mexico, pushed back against his critics. He said, “My background, my life the fact that I’m immersed in the immigrant experience, this is, this is ludicrous for the Clinton campaign and others to suggest that somehow, somehow I am using a derogatory term.”

But during a trip to the border town of McAllen, Texas on Monday, when responding to a question about whether the “Anchor Baby” issue would cost him Hispanic votes, Bush said most of those who abuse the birthright citizenship rule are Asians, not Hispanics.

“What I was talking about was the specific case of fraud being committed where there’s organized efforts and frankly it’s more related to Asian people coming into our country, having children in that organized efforts taking advantage of of a noble concept which is birthright citizenship. I support the 14th amendment,” said Bush.

Under the birthright citizenship rule, even babies of undocumented immigrants who were born in the United States, are considered U.S. citizens.

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has called to an end of birthright citizenship. And he took to Twitter Tuesday morning to slam his rival, Bush. Trump wrote, “In a clumsy move to get out of his ‘Anchor Babies’ dilemma, where he signed that he would not use the term and now uses it, he blamed Asians.” He added,”Asians are very offended that AJeb said that “Anchor Babies” applies to them as a way to be more politically correct to Hispanics. A mess!”

Other Republican presidential candidates like Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie said Trump’s proposal to amend the constitution to end birthright citizenship is impractical, pointing out that the problem would be fixed by simply enforcing U.S. immigration laws.

A 2010 Pew Research Center study claimed that in 2008, 340,000 babies were born to undocumented immigrants. The study also showed that Asians made up the biggest number of immigrants at 36 percent, compared to Hispanics at 31 percent.

It remains to be seen how Jeb Bush’s comments on Asians will affect his campaign but Democratic Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii has already called on him to immediately retract his statements and apologize to the Asian community for his so-called insensitive behavior. He has yet to respond.

You may contact Henni Espinosa at henni_espinosa@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • Mario
    26 August 2015 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Jeb Bush is in favor to end the automatic citizenship on Anchor babies,a Trump idea. Most of the well to do family in PH, bring their children as a tourist, who are 3-9 months pregnant and ANCHOR(give birth) their babies in the US.This will give them the insurance to get US citizenship. When economic and political situation changes in PH, they fly to the US.This is the same thing with all the Asian and Latin American citizen. No-Visa policy for Japanese tourist who arrived in Hawaii,that is why Japanese comprises, 30% of Hawaii population. Sen Schatz depend on Japanese votes.

  • noz
    29 August 2015 at 12:38 am - Reply

    the 14th amendment birthright citizenship was afforded for the black slaves, in order to end the idea a man cannot own another man. the provision of birthright citizenship was to exclude diplomat’s offsprings born in US soil, whose allegiance are to their native countries. trump have top legal experts tapping into this language, given the fact illegal aliens illegally crossing the US borders / those illegal aliens with expired temporary visas have no allegiance to the USA, their offsprings are not the citizens of the USA, but are citizens of their parent’s origins or countries. aliens with permanent resident visas or green cards are with loyalties to the USA, extending birthright citizenships to their offsprings born in the US soil. congress have the power to debate, clear the 14th amendment language of birthright citizenship, which have been corrupted / abused by both rich, and poor illegal aliens for decades. the rich or with means pregnant women consistently are given tourist visas solely for the purpose of giving birth. the poor pregnant women are consistently sneaking in the US borders on the verge of giving birth, border patrol agents are likely dumbfounded, to pushback a pregnant woman a few yards away to the non american soil can be seen as brutally inhumane. the border patrol agents are force to call ambulance for hospitalization. border patrol agents maybe involved in hands on delivery assistance as well. the illegal activities of pregnant illegal aliens have been going on for years, yet politicians elected on both sides of the aisles couldn’t care less, the effect is the accumulated uncontrolled 30million illegal aliens, that can go as high as estimated 50million, as carson says is too ridiculous, trump says its too stupid for the not too smart elected officials to be ruled by the illegal aliens, instead of the american people, that voted them in power to protect america, and its people, and not for the protections of illegal aliens, that the demoncraps / killery swears she will do, if she ever win.

    • Popoy
      30 August 2015 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      your an idiot!

      • noz
        12 January 2016 at 4:10 pm - Reply

        WHAT A MORON CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIEN THIEF. YOU HAVE NOTHING TO COUNTER IS THE PROFILE OF CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIEN THIEF, WELL CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIEN THIEVES LIKE YOU HAVE NO SAY ON THE US IMMIGRATION LAWS. GO AHEAD, KEEP ON BULL CRAPPING, YOU’RE GOING TO BE REMOVED SOON FROM THE USA SOIL, MAYBE IF YOU STFU, CRAWL BACK IN YOUR SQUAT HOLE, YOU MAY DODGE ICE.

  • Enigma
    30 August 2015 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    Oh, the hypocrisy of the liberal, politically correct. They are sooo offended by the words ‘anchor babies’ but they advocate killing and selling the vital organs of unborn ‘BABIES”. They go so far as to refuse to acknowledge those /these are babies. So we have two terms ‘anchor babies’ who are entitled to automatic citizenship in the U.S. and we have ‘fetuses’ with human hearts, brains, arms, legs, stomachs and they can be killed.

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